MPI, Capelight Set DVD, Blu-ray Dates for ‘Chernobyl 1986,’ ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group on Nov. 2 will release Chernobyl 1986 and The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Chernobyl 1986 follows the deadly explosion that year at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then the Soviet Union. Europe is faced with an even greater threat — a possible steam explosion that would eject even more radioactive material into the atmosphere over the entire continent. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses into it. Risking their lives in service to their country, Alexey and his colleagues must navigate the labyrinthine passages of the plant’s underground, facing danger at every turn from the facility’s quickly failing infrastructure. With time running out, and the fate of all of Europe hanging in the balance, this team of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use all their strength and bravery to save their nation from complete devastation.

The Hidden Life of Trees is based on the bestselling book of the same name by forester and writer Peter Wohlleben. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, he discusses, debates and explains the process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the scientific mechanisms behind trees.

Russian ‘Chernobyl 1986’ Documentary Gets Digital Release Dates

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group have announced the Sept. 24 digital release of Chernobyl 1986, a Russian-language disaster film directed by and starring Danila Kozlovsky.

The film begins with the explosion of nuclear power plant number 4, putting the USSR and all of Europe at risk of a possible steam explosion that would eject radioactive materials into the atmosphere. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: to manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses it.  With the fate of all Europe in their hands, this group of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use their strength to save their nation from devastation.

Starring Kozlovsky as Alexey, Oksana Akinshina, Flipp Avdeyev, and Ravshana Kurkova, Chernobyl 1986 was originally released in Russia in April 2021 and has since grossed over $5.4 million in the international box office.